This fall, backyard burning has been pushed back due to fire danger. The Lane County Fire Defense Board will reopen fall open burning on Saturday October 8th, 2016. This date is subject to change if hot and dry conditions continue. Please check before burning.
Backyard Burning Advisory History
Backyard Burning Program
LRAPA regulates open burning in Lane County to minimize impacts of smoke in the local airshed. LRAPA has a Backyard Burning Program to let people know when and if outdoor burning is allowed in their areas. The regulations differ depending upon location, local city and county ordinances and LRAPA rules. Most metropolitan areas are limited to a burn season, but the season may vary from area to area. In addition, local fire districts may enforce further limitation on burn seasons. For example, the Siuslaw Valley Fire District requires burn permits (get it free online) for all backyard burns. Read on to find out why...
Illegal Backyard Burning Doesn't Pay... Unless you're collecting the fines.*
$4,200 Assessed Fine
$3,500 Assessed Fine
$500 Assessed Fine
$140 Assessed Fine
Burning Garbage, Tires, Furniture, Treated Wood, etc. on a Non-Burn Day
*By state statute, fees collected by LRAPA as civil penalties are remitted to the Lane County general fund.
Daily Burning Advisory
The agency provides the community with a daily backyard burning advisory. However, it is the citizens responsibility to check local regulations regarding their specific area.
Generally residents who can burn may burn woody yard debris that has been generated on their own property. They may not bring in materials from other locations to burn.
All burning must be constantly attended until extinguished.
No burn shall create a public nuisance or hazard.
No burn shall contain prohibited materials, including but not limited to, garbage, plastics, wire insulation, asbestos-containing materials, tires, automobile parts, asphalts, petroleum products, treated wood, rubber, or animal remains.
Open Burning Letter Permits may be issued in some instances for burning outside the scope of this program. The application for a letter permit must be made in writing to LRAPA using LRAPA's "Request for Open Burning Evaluation (PDF)" form.
Non Regulated Items / Areas
LRAPA does not regulate:
Residential barbecues used for cooking
Fires set or permitted by any public agency for weed abatement, fire hazard prevention, safety or fire fighting